Laura Kay Keeling: The Advantages of Tender Loving Care, Pt. 2: Variations

Laura Kay Keeling, The Advantages of Tender Loving Care: Pt 2 Variations, photo documentation by Darren Rigo at Gallery 44 (Toronto), 2023.

Laura Kay Keeling
The Advantages of Tender Loving Care, Pt. 2: Variations

September 8 – October 28, 2023
Gallery 44 Vitrines
Toronto, ON

The Advantages of Tender Loving Care, Pt. 2: Variations, explores cycles of creation and expands on the ever-evolving dialogue between the natural and digital world. Laura Kay Keeling builds upon the work’s initial presentation within a virtual exhibition to include natural elements that have been foraged, scanned, digitally manipulated, and then manifested again into physical form. The work questions notions of reciprocal care and asks, do technology and nature necessarily have to exist in opposition? How do we evolve our connections to the natural world in an increasingly isolating and technology-dependent society?

Laura Kay Keeling, The Advantages of Tender Loving Care: Pt 2 Variations, photo documentation by Darren Rigo at Gallery 44 (Toronto), 2023.

In the newest episode of the Vitrines Conversations Podcast artist Laura Kay Keeling and Caeden Wigston, Gallery 44’s Exhibitions and Publications coordinator, discuss themes of digital space, care, and collage – digging deeper into Keelings’ practice exploring the connection between the digital and the natural world.


Laura Kay Keeling (she/her/they) is a self-taught visual artist based in Hamilton, ON. Her practice is rooted in a process-centered approach that integrates analog photography, video, digital collage, and installation. Keeling has exhibited work across Ontario, the United States, and South Korea and has received support from the Ontario Arts Council. Alongside her studio practice, Keeling is an active arts administrator and instructor.

Laura wishes to thank the Ontario Arts Council and the Government of Ontario for their generous support of The Advantages of Tender Loving Care, Pt 2: Variations.

For more information about the artist:
www.laurakaykeeling.com
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Image descriptions:
1. One of the Vitrines at Gallery 44, painted red, with a TV in the middle. There are dried colourful florals being shown on the TV with fabric pieces pinned to the vitrine wall on either side. Along the bottom is a mirror with plexiglass set on top with dried florals.
2. A close-up photograph from one of the Vitrines with a mirror and plexiglass with dried florals set on top.